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Essentials of Paramedic Care, 2nd edition, is the first text program to take students beyond the skills necessary to practice as a paramedic and into the underlying principles upon which those practices are based.  Correlated to the U.S. Department of Transportation's 1998 National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Paramedic, this text provides the background content and skills coverage required for paramedic education.  The text, comprised of five divisions, covers all eight modules of the curriculum. 

Division 1:  Introduction to Advanced Prehospital Care (includes Airway Management)

Division 2:  Patient Assessment

Division 3:  Trauma Emergencies

Division 4:  Medical Emergencies

Division 5:  Special Considerations/Operations (includes Assessment-Based Management)

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Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician with a special interest in prehospital care. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his internship at Texas Tech University and residency training at Scott and White Memorial Hospital/Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Bledsoe is board certified in emergency medicine and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bledsoe worked as an EMT, a paramedic, and a paramedic instructor. He completed EMT training in 1974 and paramedic training in 1976 and worked for 6 years as a field paramedic in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1979, he joined the faculty of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and served as coordinator of EMT and paramedic education programs at the university. Dr. Bledsoe is active in emergency medicine and EMS research. He is a popular speaker at state, national, and international seminars and writes regularly for numerous EMS journals.

Dr. Bledsoe has authored several EMS books published by Brady including Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Intermediate Emergency Care: Principles & Practice, Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, and Pocket Reference for EMTs and Paramedics. He is married to Emma Bledsoe. They have two children, Bryan and Andrea, and a grandson, Andrew, and live on a ranch south of Dallas, Texas. He enjoys saltwater fishing and warm latitudes.

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Congratulations on your decision to further your EMS career by undertaking the course of education required for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic! The world of paramedic emergency care is one that you will find both challenging and rewarding. Whether you will be working as a volunteer or paid paramedic, you will find the field of advanced prehospital care very interesting.

This textbook program is derived from Brady's best-selling Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice (Volumes 1-5). Ideal for paramedic refresher arid abbreviated paramedic programs, this book is based upon the 1998 United States Department of Transportation EMT-Paramedic: National Standard Curriculum and is organized into five divisions. The first division, entitled Introduction to Advanced Prehospital Care, addresses the fundamentals of paramedic practice, including pathophysiology, pharmacology, medication administration and advanced airway management. The second division, Patient Assessment, builds on the assessment skills of the basic EMT with special emphasis on advanced patient assessment at the scene. Trauma Emergencies, the third division of the text, discusses advanced prehospital care from the mechanism of injury analysis to shock/trauma resuscitation. The fourth division of the series, Medical Emergencies, is the most extensive and addresses paramedic-level care of medical emergencies. Particular emphasis is placed upon the most common medical problems as well as serious emergencies, such as respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies. The last division addresses Special Considerations/Operations including neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, home health care, and specially challenged patients, and incident command, ambulance service, rescue, hazardous material; and crime scene operations. SKILLS

The psychomotor skills of fluid and medication administration, advanced airway care, ECG monitoring and defibrillation, and advanced medical and trauma patient care are best learned in the classroom, skills laboratory, and then the clinical and field setting. Common advanced prehospital skills are discussed in the text as well as outlined in the accompanying procedure sheets. Review these before and while practicing the skill. It is important to point out that this or any other text cannot teach skills. Care skills are only learned under the watchful eye of a paramedic instructor and perfected during your clinical and field internship. HOW TO USE THIS TEXTBOOK

Essentials of Paramedic Care is designed to accompany a paramedic education program that includes ample classroom, practical laboratory, in-hospital clinical, and prehospital field experience. These educational experiences must be guided by instructors and preceptors with special training and experience in their areas of participation in your program.

It is intended that your program coordinator will assign reading from the text in preparation for each classroom lecture and discussion section. The knowledge gained from reading this text will form the foundation of the information you will need in order to function effectively as a paramedic in your EMS system. Your instructors will build upon this information to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of advanced prehospital care so that you may apply it in your practice. The in-hospital clinical and prehospital field experiences will further refine your knowledge and skills under the watchful eyes of your preceptors.

The workbook that accompanies this text can also assist in improving classroom performance. It contains information, sample test questions, and exercises designed to assist learning. Its use can be very helpful in identifying the important elements of paramedic education, in exercising the knowledge of prehospital care, and in helping you self-test your knowledge.

Essentials of Paramedic Care presents the knowledge of emergency care in as accurate, standardized, and clear a manner as is possible. However, each EMS system is uniquely different, and it is beyond the scope of this text to address all differences. You must count heavily on your instructors, the program coordinator, and ultimately the program medical director to identify how specific emergency care procedures are applied in your system.

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